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Washington Irving
Date: 1783 - 1859
Remarks: Life member of New-York Historical Society; best remembered as the author of "Diedrich Knickerbocker's, A History of NY" which was dedicated to New-York Historical Society; also wrote 'A Sketchbook" and the tales of "Rip Van Winkle" and the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Life of George Washington"; his home "Sunnyside" in Tarrytown, NY became famous as a gathering place for artists and writers at the time